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Grateful Dead Live at RFK Stadium on 1973-06-10

Set 1

Morning Dew
Beat It On Down The Line
Ramble On Rose
Jack Straw
Wave That Flag
Looks Like Rain
Box Of Rain
They Love Each Other
The Race Is On
Row Jimmy
El Paso
Bird Song
Playing In The Band

Set 2

Eyes Of The World ->
Stella Blue
Big River
Here Comes Sunshine
Around And Around
Dark Star ->
He's Gone ->
Wharf Rat ->
Sugar Magnolia

Set 3

It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry
That's All Right, Mama
The Promised Land
Not Fade Away ->
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
Drums ->
Not Fade Away
Johnny B. Goode

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue RFK Stadium
Location Washington, DC

Source FOB > Single-point Mic > Sonny TC 110 > MAC
Lineage MAC > Nakamichi 550 > Lexicon Alpha > Samplitude > CD-Tag > FLAC
Taped by Monte Barry
Transferred by Monte Barry


-- This show is complete
-- Most track changes are seemless
-- Patches are cross-faded
-- SBD patches have "concert hall" echo/delay effects applied

-- Playing in the Band --------- tape change dropout at 5:22, Gadsden-Miller patched until 6:23
-- Eyes of the World ----------- missing content until 14:35, Gadsden-Miller AUD patched
-- It Takes A Train to To Cry -- SBD patched due to tape damage, 1:42 to 1:47, 3:03 to 3:16
-- That's Alright Mama --------- SBD patched due to tape damage, 3:35 to 3:50, 5:56 to 8:58
-- GDTRFB ---------------------- tape change dropout at 4:37, SBD patched until 5:01


Reviewer: carusot205 - - April 26, 2011
Subject: if you like the bass...
Then this show is for you! Phil is absolutely on the very top of his game this night and he tears it up and sets it on fire. The middle of Dark Star is almost entirely a bass solo, as is the middle of Playin' in the Band. My own personal favorites from this show are Here Comes Sunshine, Eyes of the World, and Looks Like Rain, which both totally blew me away. I'd say this is my favorite Grateful Dead show to listen to, hands down, and clocking in at 4 hours and 32 minutes, you need to make an afternoon (or night!) of this one. I only wish I could have been there!
Reviewer: Taojoe - - September 26, 2009
Subject: Very Dead
Very nice show. The Dark Star doesn't work for me - a little too scattered or free form.
But no surprise there's a low spot in a 4-1/2 hour show.
Worth a listen & then some.
Reviewer: the jeffy - - September 9, 2009
Subject: last of the best
This show was one of the best I ever attended! I also think it was the beginning of the end for the Dead.

We were let in early and found our way to the right front. There we set up camp - had a great time in the heat.
The Allman bros came out and did "One way out" as a sound check, then split. An hour later, out comes Wet Willy, uh, Sham-lam-a-ding-dong. people were throwing shit on the stage, they were so bad.
Allma bros come back. As they are tuning up, I throw a frizbee and it hooks back at the stage and cuts down Chuck Levell's beer all over him. Nice.

The Deads performance was straospheric!! I never heard them capture that sound from that nite ever again. For years I played the Ace version of PITB as it was the closest thing I had at the time of what they sorta sounded that nite.
Geez I miss Jerry!

The ride back to NYC was strangely quiet the next morning :~)
Reviewer: johnzias - - June 11, 2008
Subject: Simply the Best
This is the benchmark aud for conveying the power of the Grateful Dead during one of their great periods. I commend my friend Monte Barry for preserving this gem, as my cassette had worn out years ago. The interplay between Jerry and Phil is astounding.

I once told my wife, (who adores this Dark Star), that if I leave before her, to shoot me into Space with this Dark Star as my soundtrack!
Reviewer: Darrylizer - - May 25, 2008
Subject: Better than the soundboard
Yup. I have to agree. I just saw DC United play against Toronto last night at RFK and decided to listen to this aud today and I have to say it really adds the atmosphere missing from the soundboard. Well done Monte.
Reviewer: SkyDawg - - May 17, 2008
Subject: The X Factor On Tape
These are my favorite recordings (not versions) of Morning Dew, Playing In The Band & Dark Star. What makes them special is the X Factor that comes through on this particular audience recording. It would seem to be a combination of performance, echo and the sound swirling around RFK Stadium that was captured on this recording. Bravo! Mystical sounding. Must have stumbled onto a great spot to record from. Thanks Monte!
Reviewer: mid-maine - - May 16, 2008
Subject: nice
confession: starting in 86 or so, i went through a series of cassette upgrades of this show, each one promising that i would "get it" why this was one of the most hyped up shows ever. well, i never did quite get it, even after having some mighty crisp mr>dat>cassettes. it always seemed a little flat, or tired, to me.

now, this source has turned my head right around. one can hear the sound swim around the bowl that is rfk (odd how that stadium often prompted GOOD sound out of the alembic wizards). the proto-wall of sound p.a. mix is sssoooooo much better than the board mix, genuinely atmospheric, echoing around the chambers of the venerated old stadium ghost. it's got soul, deep soul.

too bad that there is no way to adequately mix various sources to "capture" the live sound. in that sense, all dead tapes are a "guess you had to be there" experience in one shape or another. perhaps that's why i give this way more kudos than the board; it captures the atmospheric quality of their sound on this day.

yeah, there's fireworks, occasional chatter, unnecessary clapping, a nasty clip in morning dew (sigh), but all in all this is the superior source to my aging ears.

thanks for the timely-timeless effort monte. props to you for preserving history and brightening my understanding of a deservedly legendary show.
Reviewer: Avacado Shag - - April 3, 2008
Subject: Sounds familiar
Nice for a first try, Monte.
Did this source circulate? It would explain that oddly 'chewed' multi-gen tape I had many years ago. Sounded freakin' amazing at the time, the internet hast spoilt thine ears.
Reviewer: dead-head_Monte - - April 2, 2008
Subject: an Amazing Weekend full of sound candy
This AUD recording epitomizes the very best of the Grateful Dead "live sound" for the time. The Wall of Sound is nailed by the sound crew and the Dead for this show. Set within an outdoor Stadium, this close-up infield FOB spatially captures sound from the two Aux PA towers on the infield, behind the taper. The sound delay from the Wall of Sound to the Aux PA towers adds a touch of ear candy as it rolls around the stadium. This was by far the best sound fidelity experience I ever heard come out of a PA System, period. It was a sensational orgy of sound.

I hope you enjoy my tapes. I never taped a show before this weekend. Sat, June 9 was my 1st time. I must confess. With somewhere bet 60,000 and 100,000 music-lovers at these 2 shows with the Allman Bros and the Grateful Dead, I was having second thoughts about getting out of my comfy stadium seating with my taping gear. It was muggy, hot, easily 100 degrees on Saturday.

My friend Jay D'elia picked up on my anxiety. He came over and gently pulled on my arm, prompting me to get up from my seat. He led the way and guided me along, as he parted the infield crowd of thousands of dead-heads - just like Moses did in the biblical story. Once we found our FOB sweet spot, I was good-to-go from there. Same FOB on Sunday. All I can tell you is, this weekend was all about THE SOUND SYSTEM. Everything came together for all of us. The vibes were just right. The boys and the sound crew made history. The sound fidelity was the Grateful Dead and Sound Crew's equivalent of landing on the Moon. I thought the boys played quite well. GD was 8 hour show on Sunday. -- Monte

-- Sony TC 110 cassette deck
-- single-point stereo mic, hand-held on mic-stand shaft w/ arm raised up
-- FOB center infield, between sbd platform and stage platform
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